You know what they say about not kicking someone when they’re down – but what if they have kicked you before?
Well, actually … it’s more like a kind-of-warm-depending-on-how-bored-you-are-today question. But hey, it’s a question.
First, let’s unpack last weekend’s events. Kelleher met John Lineker in a UFC 224 bout at Rio de Janeiro’s Jeunesse Arena on Saturday. “Boom” was dropped in the third round, snapping a two-fight winning streak with what was also the first knockout loss of his pro MMA career.
It was fun while it lasted, though, and Kelleher seemed to take it in stride. He also absorbed so many of Lineker’s powerful shots that the “Hands of Stone,” himself, would later praise his competitor.
O’Malley, however, wasn’t as interested in exchanging pleasantries.
Now, context: While it may seem like O’Malley’s (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) attack was gratuitous, there’s history there. Before “Sugar” added a 10th win to his unbeaten record with a decision win over Andre Soukhhamthath at UFC 222, it was Kelleher (19-9 MMA, 3-2 UFC) who went out of his way to voice some … thoughts.
Styles make fights, they say, and that can also apply to Twitter beefs. After the latest harsh, but still G-Rated, message from the elusive “Sugar,” the aggressive “Boom” made sure his response had a little more of an expletive-filled kick to it.
As the exchange progressed, O’Malley stuck with the short stingers, while Kelleher’s main line of attack consisted questioning the quality of his fellow bantamweight’s record and authenticity of his 28,000 Twitter fanbase – with references to the human anatomy in the mix.
As usual, outside parties eventually got involved, and verification of O’Malley’s followers was requested – and offered. It seems Kelleher lost that one – but, hey, at least he still got some back-up from this other guy, who dismissed O’Malley’s injury as a “crampy foot.”
But O’Malley had yet another pretty short comeback for that one too.
But just so you don’t accuse us of focusing on the negative all the time, here’s a silver lining: amid the animosity, one Twitter user stood out for his wholesomeness.
Instead of adding fuel to the fire, he congratulated O’Malley on his follower score, called the two feuding bantamweights “badasses” and wished them both the best – praying hand emoji and all.
So maybe there is hope for the internet, after all?
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
Read the full article here: Brian Kelleher lost in Rio, but still had energy to go a few rounds with Sean O'Malley on Twitter